Phantom Paperback – Mar 20 2012
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER (Norway)
Finalist 2011 – Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize
A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Fiction Book
“Jo Nesbo is a master of his craft…. World-class crime writing. Phantom is a crime novel that pleases on every level.”
“Harry Hole, better than ever.”
“Possibly the best in the series.”
—Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)
—Vårt Land (Norway)
“With a steady hand, Jo Nesbo deftly ties together the different narratives, steering the novel towards its goal with great precision.... The fact that Harry Hole is a character in constant development makes the book even more interesting.”
“I’m happy to announce that all expectations are met.... What’s most salient is Jo Nesbo’s intense, eloquent yet terse prose. The same goes for his talent as a storyteller, as well as his eye for narrative construction.”
About the Author
JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum). Phantom is the seventh of Nesbo's novels to be translated into English.See all Product Description
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Wow! I hardly know what to say about the 9th Harry Hole book. It is dark, gritty and goes to depths of unbelievable character with the main character in this series. The story is action-packed, full of twists, and shocker upon shocker, one of which will leave you numb; it is so unexpected and incredible. This book is equal parts personal story and the actual mystery case. They are so intertwined that it's impossible to separate the two. DO NOT read this book, if you have not read any other Harry Hole books. These books are recommended to be read in order as Harry develops as a character and his life is part of a continuing story that runs through the books. That said I haven't read two of the earlier books, or the two not yet released in English, The Bat is coming in Oct 2012 to the UK (which means Canada, too!) but my recommendation is that at least "The Snowman" onwards must be read in order or you'll miss a great connection between the storylines.
This book is just absolutely fantastic. At just over 450 pgs, I had the book read in 2 days because I just could not put the thing down. If you are a Harry Hole fan, get yourself caught up with the series and READ THIS BOOK! Tremendous! Very dark throughout with a dark ending but this is what Harry Hole fans expect.
Looking at Nesbo's website, he doesn't have any new titles in the works at the moment but fortunately, I have a few back titles left still to read and he has a few other books that have not been translated into English yet either including a short children's novel, a non-fiction title, and a short story collection (yes!). Can we have these too please, Mr & Mrs Publishers?!
Harry Hole is one of the most tortured, conflicted, complicated protagonists in crime fiction. He's been away from Norway for the last three years in an attempt to clean himself up and step away from his relationship with Rakel. But what brings him back is murder, of course. Rakel's son Oleg has been charged with the murder of Gusto, a known drugs pusher. The evidence is damning, but Harry knows that the gentle little boy he watched grow could not be guilty of such a crime. Harry approaches his old department, but they have no interest in either reopening the case or having Harry back on board. So, Harry being Harry, he decides to investigate on his own. His inquiries catch the eye of the drug trade, in particular the mysterious Dubai, who runs an insidious new product called Violin. Corrupt individuals on the police force and in the political theatre aren't happy with Harry's investigation either. Harry is creating problems and needs to be eliminated. It's just a matter of who gets him first.......
" You can't stop this Harry. It's all happened. It has to run its course. If you get in the way, more will die....It's too big, Harry. It'll swallow you up, swallow everyone up."
Phantom is a stark, bleak tale. Drugs and the resulting carnage wreaked on individuals and society figures prominently. Nesbo's prose conjure up a bleak, barren wasteland where need trumps everything.Read more ›
And along the way he finds himself immersed in the midst of Norway's large drug problem. Hole uncovers a trail of violence and disappearances, police and political corruption, and Harry himself becomes a target of the mysterious drug lord Dubai. The novel is a bleak story of damaged individuals hooked on drugs, and the sleaziness inherent in the activity.
The prior novels were forceful, clearly showing Harry's tortured soul, and his unswerving ability to dig, dig, dig to the heart of a case, honestly and insightfully. 'Phantom' accomplishes these ends, but to some extent is confusing at the end; whether the author did this purposely or not yet remains to be seen. As usual, the novel is translated faithfully and excellently, and the book is recommended.
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I purchased a series of these books - a good comparison to the Stig booksPublished 2 months ago by P Marilyn Burbidge
Each book of the Harry Hole series got better and better and better.Published 12 months ago by william zuk
Jo Nesbo: Phantom.
Phantom is the last volume of the Harry Hole series. It is a marvelous book. Drastic, with no happy ending, there is not even metaphysical justice. Read more
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to answer the question: In what order were the Nesbo and, in particular, the Harry Hole... Read more
I enjoy the Jo Nesbo books. As crime/thriller books in themsleves they are very engaging and they also add extra interest by taking place in Norway, a country I know very little... Read morePublished 18 months ago by heather
A typical Jo Nesbo novel, but with an unusual plot involving Harry's stepson, Oleg. Imaginative plot with interesting characters among the good and the bad. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2013 by David
Another masterpiece by Jo Nesbo`s 'Harry Hole'-series. The book convinces with well-worked out characters and a thrilling story. Read morePublished on May 28 2012 by Maria
I like the Harry Hole character,butI was disappointed with the ending,evil won & Harry appears to die. Read morePublished on May 24 2012 by dwkava63